spidersSpiders have eight legs (four pairs), and lack wings and antannae, but all vary in size, shape and color. They have two body regions: a cephalothorax (fused head with thorax) and an abdomen.

Most spiders have eight eyes, some only six and several have fewer or none. All have a pair of jaw-like structures (chelicerae) which are hollow claw-like fangs through which venom can be ejected. The tip of the abdomen has silk-spinning glands. Young spiders (spiderlings) resemble adults except for their smaller size and coloration. Males are usually smaller than females.

All spiders produce venom that is poisonous to their normal prey of insects, mites and other small arthropods. Venom is injected through the fangs to immobilize the prey. Since spiders can only ingest liquids, digestive fluids are either injected or regurgitated into the prey.

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